The Reds frontman underwent hip surgery in New York on Tuesday after another injury-plagued campaign. Sturridge is not expected to be able to return to training for at least four months as a result, with a further month required before a return to action could be considered.
With the new season kicking off on August 8, it would appear that Brendan Rodgers will have to make do without the England international for much of the opening stages of the campaign.
However, there does appear to be some good news for Sturridge and Liverpool, with reports indicating that Bryan T Kelly, the orthopaedic surgeon who performed the operation, was of the opinion that the hip injury could have been the root cause of some of Sturridge's other injury problems.
As such, it is hoped that when Sturridge does eventually make his return that he will be a much stronger and more physically resilient player than before.